PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Lindsey Allen had three points and Lindsay Holdcroft recorded her first shutout of the season as the Dartmouth women’s hockey team blanked Brown, 3-0, Friday night at Meehan Auditorium.
With the win, the Big Green jumped into eighth-place in the conference standings. Heading into the evening, Dartmouth was on the outside looking in as only the top-eight teams in the conference advance to the ECAC Hockey Tournament. Rensselaer was one-point ahead of the Green and White, but the Engineers fell to Clarkson, 6-0.
Dartmouth wasted little time opening the scoring as the line of Allen, Laura Stacey and Catherine Berghuis struck just 45 seconds into the first period. Berghuis played the puck up the ice to Stacey and the Kleinburg, Ontario, native hit Allen with a perfect cross-ice pass. Allen then sent a shot into the open net for team-leading 14th goal of the year.
The trio have skated well together this season combining for eight goals and 14 assists in seven games. Stacey’s helper was her team-best 11th and she has now registered an assist in three straight games.
Later in the period, Devon Moir stretched the Big Greed lead to a pair with her second goal in the last three games. Allen set the play up to earn the first of her two assists on the evening.
In the second stanza, Kennedy Ottenbreit capped the scoring on the power play for Dartmouth. Ottenbreit’s marker was the sixth of her freshman campaign as the Big Green scored with an extra skater for the second contest in a row with Allen and Olivia Whitford registering helpers.
Holdcroft stopped all 26 shots she faced to earn 13th career shutout between the pipes for the Green and White.
Dartmouth is now riding a 16-game unbeaten streak versus Brown and has won seven consecutive in the Ocean State.
The Green move to 2-6-1 in Ivy League play, while the Bears fall to 0-7-2.
Dartmouth can clinch a playoff berth for the fifth consecutive year with a tie or better tomorrow against Yale as the Big Green hold the tiebreaker against both RPI and Colgate who are tied for ninth-place. Head coach Mark Hudak’s squad swept the season series versus the Engineers and the Raiders.
The Big Green conclude the 2013-14 regular season tomorrow, Feb. 22, squaring off with Ancient Eight rival Yale at 4 p.m. Dartmouth is looking to sweep the Bulldogs after skating to a 5-4 win earlier this season in the Upper Valley.